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“~ Best Beach for Convenience when Visiting and Shopping in Venice ~”
Review of Venice Beach

Venice Beach
Ranked #3 of 59 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Sans Souci, Australia
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“~ Best Beach for Convenience when Visiting and Shopping in Venice ~”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

We've visited South Florida for about 30 years, yet we still feel very fortunate as travellers who have been gifted with time to stay, to look and to explore. This trip, we consciously went out of our way to seek out special moments, special places, and especially all the various beaches in the area that we've visited in the past. We've visited most of the different beaches in the past, in the Venice-Sarasota area, finding that Nokomis seems to be the best centrally located spot to stay, never being more than 20-30 minutes from any of the most beautiful, yet very varied types of beaches of the Florida coast.

Venice Beach combines the best of both worlds ~ Shopping & Tanning! Such a short distance from downtown Venice, with its amazing upscale boutique shopping venues, is the Venice Municipal Beach. Even though it's not the best location to hunt for shark's teeth, Venice Beach, due to its convenience for all the tourists in the posh condos and high-rises along this beach, is the most popular shark tooth hunting spot ~ so much so that the town uses the image of a fossilized shark tooth to form the "V" in Venice!

This is a beach that's busy with lots of beach-chairs, dozens of multicoloured umbrellas, along with coolers and backpacks galore. There are lifeguards, restrooms, picnic tables, a concession stand, a pavilion and volleyball courts. This is a happening place and if you are into Scuba diving, you are only a quarter mile from a reef offshore.

There aren't too many glimpses into the Florida of the past here, more an ever changing charming beach scene in transition ~ a mix of a hip, modern and funky Florida of today along with the exhilarating excitement for tomorrow!

Visited October 2011
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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“Excellent beach, great facilities”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

Wonderfully family friendly beach near Sharky's and the pier. Family friendly and great for shark tooth hunting!

Visited January 2012
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Romanel, Switzerland
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“Great place”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

Great beach, very quiete place.
Very Easy to park (free)
With a little chance, you have airplane taking-off for the airport :-)

Visited March 2011
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grimsby
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“warning - naked men”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

We have made a number of trips now to Venice Beach to hunt for shark's teeth. It is fun and the beach is beautiful. However, be warned that you will encounter a steady variety of naked men lounging and walking about (no women that we have seen). We even had the displeasure of walking up on two of them who were vainly trying to reproduce. If you want to find shark teeth this is the place. If you do not want to see nude men and homosexuals playing naked beach Twister, avoid Venice Beach.

Visited December 2011
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Florida
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“Clean, Relaxed and a touch of old Florida.”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

Easy parking, close to downtown and a great way to enjoy the day. Bring a bike and use the beech as a jump of point for the days adventures.

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